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2016-02-04 20:09:45 (12 comments; 57 reshares; 158 +1s)Open 

Cell Aging Triggered by Mitochondria

An international team of scientists has for the first time shown that mitochondria, the batteries of the cells, are essential for ageing.

The research is in EMBO Journal. (full open access)

#aging #genetics

Most reshares: 57

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2016-02-04 20:09:45 (12 comments; 57 reshares; 158 +1s)Open 

Cell Aging Triggered by Mitochondria

An international team of scientists has for the first time shown that mitochondria, the batteries of the cells, are essential for ageing.

The research is in EMBO Journal. (full open access)

#aging #genetics

Most plusones: 188

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2016-02-03 15:58:36 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 188 +1s)Open 

A Virtual 'Guide Dog' For Navigation

Low-power chip processes 3-D camera data, could enable wearable device to guide the visually impaired.

The research will be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, January 31 - February 4, 2016.

#vision #navigation #technology

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2016-02-08 22:46:01 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Neuroprotective Protein in Blood Could Be an Alzheimer's Biomarker

Tel Aviv University, Harvard, Technion team suggests a routine blood test can reveal Alzheimer's risk and IQ measurements.

The research is in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. (full access paywall)

#alzheimers #neurology

Neuroprotective Protein in Blood Could Be an Alzheimer's Biomarker

Tel Aviv University, Harvard, Technion team suggests a routine blood test can reveal Alzheimer's risk and IQ measurements.

The research is in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. (full access paywall)

#alzheimers #neurology___

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2016-02-08 21:43:35 (3 comments; 17 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 

Cotton Candy Machines May Hold Key for Making Artificial Organs

Bellan and colleagues report that they have succeeded in using this unorthodox technique to produce a three-dimensional artificial capillary system that can keep living cells viable and functional for more than a week, which is a dramatic improvement over current methods.

The research is in Advanced Healthcare Materials. (full access paywall)

#science #technology

Cotton Candy Machines May Hold Key for Making Artificial Organs

Bellan and colleagues report that they have succeeded in using this unorthodox technique to produce a three-dimensional artificial capillary system that can keep living cells viable and functional for more than a week, which is a dramatic improvement over current methods.

The research is in Advanced Healthcare Materials. (full access paywall)

#science #technology___

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2016-02-08 21:30:09 (0 comments; 14 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

New Device Could Help Get Paralyzed People Back on Their Feet

Scientists have tested the world's first minimally-invasive brain-machine interface - designed to control an exoskeleton with the power of thought.

The research is in Nature Biotechnology. (full access paywall)

#neurology #bmi #technology

New Device Could Help Get Paralyzed People Back on Their Feet

Scientists have tested the world's first minimally-invasive brain-machine interface - designed to control an exoskeleton with the power of thought.

The research is in Nature Biotechnology. (full access paywall)

#neurology #bmi #technology___

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2016-02-08 21:16:12 (2 comments; 12 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

Past Experience Alters Brain Circuitry Responsible for Memory and Recognition

New research from the University of Guelph on the brain and memory could help in developing therapies for people with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

#memory #objectrecognition #neuroscience

Past Experience Alters Brain Circuitry Responsible for Memory and Recognition

New research from the University of Guelph on the brain and memory could help in developing therapies for people with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

#memory #objectrecognition #neuroscience___

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2016-02-08 20:53:27 (4 comments; 30 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

Adult Neurogenesis May Be Increased by Sustained Aerobic Exercise

It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus - and thus improve preconditions for learning - by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise such as running.

The research is in Journal of Physiology. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience #exercise

Adult Neurogenesis May Be Increased by Sustained Aerobic Exercise

It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus - and thus improve preconditions for learning - by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise such as running.

The research is in Journal of Physiology. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience #exercise___

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2016-02-08 18:33:32 (4 comments; 25 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

Why Some People Always Agree With Others

The study gives new insights into how the brain handles disagreement, with implications for understanding social conformity.

The research is in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (full open access)

#socialconformity #psychology

Why Some People Always Agree With Others

The study gives new insights into how the brain handles disagreement, with implications for understanding social conformity.

The research is in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (full open access)

#socialconformity #psychology___

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2016-02-08 18:30:39 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

Recovering Use of Arm Following Stroke With Help of Wireless Sleeve

Scientists at the University of Southampton are to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand.

#stroke #technology #neurology

Recovering Use of Arm Following Stroke With Help of Wireless Sleeve

Scientists at the University of Southampton are to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand.

#stroke #technology #neurology___

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2016-02-08 18:26:56 (6 comments; 11 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

Pinpointing the Origin of the Sigh Reflex in the Brain

A new study by researchers UCLA and Stanford has pinpointed two tiny clusters of neurons in the brain stem that are responsible for transforming normal breaths into sighs.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience

Pinpointing the Origin of the Sigh Reflex in the Brain

A new study by researchers UCLA and Stanford has pinpointed two tiny clusters of neurons in the brain stem that are responsible for transforming normal breaths into sighs.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience___

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2016-02-06 19:20:49 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Same Switches Program Taste and Smell in Fruit Flies

Findings help explain how complex nervous systems arise from few genes.

The research is in PLOS Genetics. (full open access)

#genetics #olfactoryneurons

Same Switches Program Taste and Smell in Fruit Flies

Findings help explain how complex nervous systems arise from few genes.

The research is in PLOS Genetics. (full open access)

#genetics #olfactoryneurons___

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2016-02-06 19:17:40 (0 comments; 24 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Taser Shock Can Impair Memory and Ability to Process Information

New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.

The research is in Criminology & Public Policy. (full access paywall)

#police #memory #cognition

Taser Shock Can Impair Memory and Ability to Process Information

New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.

The research is in Criminology & Public Policy. (full access paywall)

#police #memory #cognition___

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2016-02-06 19:11:59 (8 comments; 14 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Listening to Music While Reading Complex Sentences Affects Musical Experience

Reading and listening to music at the same time affects how you hear the music.

The research is in Royal Society Open Science. (full open access)

#music #psychology #language

Listening to Music While Reading Complex Sentences Affects Musical Experience

Reading and listening to music at the same time affects how you hear the music.

The research is in Royal Society Open Science. (full open access)

#music #psychology #language___

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2016-02-06 16:17:28 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

A More Effective Speech Therapy Approach for Children with Down Syndrome

A new study indicates that children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients.

The research is in International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. (full open access)

#downsyndrome

A More Effective Speech Therapy Approach for Children with Down Syndrome

A new study indicates that children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients.

The research is in International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. (full open access)

#downsyndrome___

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2016-02-06 16:14:22 (1 comments; 21 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

How the Brain Builds Place Memories

Tübingen neuroscientists have succeeded in activating dormant memory cells in rats. Using weak electrical impulses targeted at previously inactive cells in the hippocampus, the researchers induced the cells to recognize the exact place where the impulse had been first administered. In rodents as well as humans, the hippocampus is the brain area responsible for memory. The new study by researchers of the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen offers insight into the question of how memories are formed within our brains.

The research is in Current Biology . (full access paywall)

#memory #neuroscience

How the Brain Builds Place Memories

Tübingen neuroscientists have succeeded in activating dormant memory cells in rats. Using weak electrical impulses targeted at previously inactive cells in the hippocampus, the researchers induced the cells to recognize the exact place where the impulse had been first administered. In rodents as well as humans, the hippocampus is the brain area responsible for memory. The new study by researchers of the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen offers insight into the question of how memories are formed within our brains.

The research is in Current Biology . (full access paywall)

#memory #neuroscience___

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2016-02-06 16:07:30 (0 comments; 17 reshares; 77 +1s)Open 

Aggression's Role in the Creation of New Nerve Cells

A group of neurobiologists have proven experimentally that aggression has an influence on the production of new nerve cells in the brain.

The research is in Frontiers in Neuroscience. (full open access)

#aggression #neurogenesis

Aggression's Role in the Creation of New Nerve Cells

A group of neurobiologists have proven experimentally that aggression has an influence on the production of new nerve cells in the brain.

The research is in Frontiers in Neuroscience. (full open access)

#aggression #neurogenesis___

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2016-02-05 19:22:33 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Study Aims to Change Athletes' Perception and Reporting of Concussions

University of Georgia researchers are announcing a study addressing ways to reduce the stigma surrounding concussions, an injury so commonly associated with football.

#nfl #concussion #neurology

Study Aims to Change Athletes' Perception and Reporting of Concussions

University of Georgia researchers are announcing a study addressing ways to reduce the stigma surrounding concussions, an injury so commonly associated with football.

#nfl #concussion #neurology___

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2016-02-05 19:19:45 (5 comments; 21 reshares; 87 +1s)Open 

An Amazing Axon Adventure

How does the brain make connections, and how does it maintain them? Cambridge neuroscientists and mathematicians are using a variety of techniques to understand how the brain ‘wires up’, and what it might be able to tell us about degeneration in later life.

#axons #neuroscience

An Amazing Axon Adventure

How does the brain make connections, and how does it maintain them? Cambridge neuroscientists and mathematicians are using a variety of techniques to understand how the brain ‘wires up’, and what it might be able to tell us about degeneration in later life.

#axons #neuroscience___

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2016-02-05 19:16:23 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

Characterizing Nerve Cells That Detect Motion by Light Changes

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried have now discovered that, in fruit flies, four classes of nerve cell are involved in calculating directionally selective signals. This is strikingly different from mathematical models of motion detection discussed in the literature so far.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience #motion

Characterizing Nerve Cells That Detect Motion by Light Changes

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried have now discovered that, in fruit flies, four classes of nerve cell are involved in calculating directionally selective signals. This is strikingly different from mathematical models of motion detection discussed in the literature so far.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience #motion___

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2016-02-05 19:11:13 (1 comments; 14 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

A Molecular Link Between Type 2 Diabetes and Some Psychiatric Disorders

New research suggests that prevalent protein found in schizophrenia also plays a direct role in the function of pancreatic beta cells, which produce insulin to maintain blood sugar levels.

The research is in The FASEB Journal. (full access paywall)

#genetics #psychology #diabetes

A Molecular Link Between Type 2 Diabetes and Some Psychiatric Disorders

New research suggests that prevalent protein found in schizophrenia also plays a direct role in the function of pancreatic beta cells, which produce insulin to maintain blood sugar levels.

The research is in The FASEB Journal. (full access paywall)

#genetics #psychology #diabetes___

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2016-02-05 17:48:53 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

A Day in the Life of a Synapse

Study reveals new facets of the adult brain.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

#synapses #neuroscience

A Day in the Life of a Synapse

Study reveals new facets of the adult brain.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

#synapses #neuroscience___

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2016-02-05 17:33:36 (3 comments; 37 reshares; 152 +1s)Open 

Scientists Find Brain Plasticity Assorted in Functional Networks

The brain still has a lot to learn about itself. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have made a key finding of the striking differences in how the brain's cells can change through experience.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

#synapticplasticity #neuroscience

Scientists Find Brain Plasticity Assorted in Functional Networks

The brain still has a lot to learn about itself. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have made a key finding of the striking differences in how the brain's cells can change through experience.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

#synapticplasticity #neuroscience___

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2016-02-05 17:24:59 (2 comments; 24 reshares; 80 +1s)Open 

Why Rest Following Concussion is Critical

Doctors who order several days of rest after a person suffers a concussion are giving sound advice, say researchers, and new data from animal models explains why.

The research is in American Journal of Pathology. (full access paywall)

#neurology #concussion

Why Rest Following Concussion is Critical

Doctors who order several days of rest after a person suffers a concussion are giving sound advice, say researchers, and new data from animal models explains why.

The research is in American Journal of Pathology. (full access paywall)

#neurology #concussion___

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2016-02-04 23:13:49 (0 comments; 16 reshares; 69 +1s)Open 

How the Brain and Body Regulate Response to Stress

Researchers have used cutting-edge genetic research and brain imaging technologies to determine that the brain function responsible for regulating our stress response intertwines with molecular regulatory elements to produce a personal profile of resilience to stress. Their findings may lead to a future blood test that would facilitate preventive or early intervention in professions prone to high stress or trauma (combat soldiers and policemen, for example).

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

#genetics #stress #ptsd

How the Brain and Body Regulate Response to Stress

Researchers have used cutting-edge genetic research and brain imaging technologies to determine that the brain function responsible for regulating our stress response intertwines with molecular regulatory elements to produce a personal profile of resilience to stress. Their findings may lead to a future blood test that would facilitate preventive or early intervention in professions prone to high stress or trauma (combat soldiers and policemen, for example).

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

#genetics #stress #ptsd___

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2016-02-04 23:08:11 (3 comments; 12 reshares; 65 +1s)Open 

Why Female Newborns Are Better Protected From Brain Injury

Each year, thousands of newborn babies suffer complications during pregnancy or birth that deprive their brains of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood and result in brain injury. This deprivation results in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which can lead to long-term neurological issues such as learning disabilities, cerebral palsy or even death.

The research is in eNeuro. (full open access)

#neurology 

Why Female Newborns Are Better Protected From Brain Injury

Each year, thousands of newborn babies suffer complications during pregnancy or birth that deprive their brains of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood and result in brain injury. This deprivation results in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which can lead to long-term neurological issues such as learning disabilities, cerebral palsy or even death.

The research is in eNeuro. (full open access)

#neurology ___

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2016-02-04 22:34:20 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

High Dose Statin Treatment May Improve Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete have conducted a phase I/II clinical trial investigating the efficacy of statins (cholesterol-lowering medications) for the treatment of patients with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) -- the leading cause of blindness in the developed world.

The research is in EBioMedicine. (full open access)

#statins #amd #vision

High Dose Statin Treatment May Improve Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete have conducted a phase I/II clinical trial investigating the efficacy of statins (cholesterol-lowering medications) for the treatment of patients with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) -- the leading cause of blindness in the developed world.

The research is in EBioMedicine. (full open access)

#statins #amd #vision___

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2016-02-04 22:14:41 (3 comments; 18 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Treating Depression With Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Despite the growing number of medications and neurostimulation approaches available, residual symptoms may be both distressing and disabling. Traditional vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a neurostimulation technique that has been used to alleviate treatment-resistant symptoms of depression. Clinical trials suggested that it produced modest benefit that emerged over long periods of time. However, it was also costly and required risky neurosurgery to implant the vagal nerve stimulators.

The research is in Biological Psychiatry. (full access paywall)

#brainstimulation #depression

Treating Depression With Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Despite the growing number of medications and neurostimulation approaches available, residual symptoms may be both distressing and disabling. Traditional vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a neurostimulation technique that has been used to alleviate treatment-resistant symptoms of depression. Clinical trials suggested that it produced modest benefit that emerged over long periods of time. However, it was also costly and required risky neurosurgery to implant the vagal nerve stimulators.

The research is in Biological Psychiatry. (full access paywall)

#brainstimulation #depression___

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2016-02-04 20:09:45 (12 comments; 57 reshares; 158 +1s)Open 

Cell Aging Triggered by Mitochondria

An international team of scientists has for the first time shown that mitochondria, the batteries of the cells, are essential for ageing.

The research is in EMBO Journal. (full open access)

#aging #genetics

Cell Aging Triggered by Mitochondria

An international team of scientists has for the first time shown that mitochondria, the batteries of the cells, are essential for ageing.

The research is in EMBO Journal. (full open access)

#aging #genetics___

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2016-02-04 20:06:51 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Mesh-Like Scaffold is Disordered in Cells Affected by Alzheimer's Disease

Brain cell death in Alzheimer's disease is linked to disruption of a skeleton that surrounds the nucleus of the cells, a researcher in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio said.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

#alzheimers #neurology

Mesh-Like Scaffold is Disordered in Cells Affected by Alzheimer's Disease

Brain cell death in Alzheimer's disease is linked to disruption of a skeleton that surrounds the nucleus of the cells, a researcher in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio said.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

#alzheimers #neurology___

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2016-02-04 20:02:29 (0 comments; 33 reshares; 98 +1s)Open 

The Genetic Source of Human Diversity

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report that humans have a surprisingly high number of genes in which one of two copies has been randomly silenced. They suggest that the phenomenon is an important source of genetic diversity among people and also may help explain the genetic variation among cancer cells in a tumor.

The research is in Nature Genetics. (full access paywall)

#genetics

The Genetic Source of Human Diversity

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report that humans have a surprisingly high number of genes in which one of two copies has been randomly silenced. They suggest that the phenomenon is an important source of genetic diversity among people and also may help explain the genetic variation among cancer cells in a tumor.

The research is in Nature Genetics. (full access paywall)

#genetics___

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2016-02-04 19:00:35 (3 comments; 19 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

Seven Things to Know About the Zika Virus

How concerned should you be about Zika virus? What research is being conducted on the virus? Is a vaccine the best or only approach to containing the virus?

#zikavirus #zika

Seven Things to Know About the Zika Virus

How concerned should you be about Zika virus? What research is being conducted on the virus? Is a vaccine the best or only approach to containing the virus?

#zikavirus #zika___

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2016-02-04 18:09:39 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Neural Pathway Responsible for Opioid Withdrawal Discovered

Stanford researchers manipulated the brains of morphine-addicted mice and allowed the animals to overcome withdrawal symptoms. The finding could offer a new approach to quieting symptoms that often lead to recurring drug use.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

#opioidaddiction #optogenetics

Neural Pathway Responsible for Opioid Withdrawal Discovered

Stanford researchers manipulated the brains of morphine-addicted mice and allowed the animals to overcome withdrawal symptoms. The finding could offer a new approach to quieting symptoms that often lead to recurring drug use.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

#opioidaddiction #optogenetics___

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2016-02-04 18:06:37 (6 comments; 38 reshares; 117 +1s)Open 

Mathematically Modelling How The Brain Makes Complex Decisions

Researchers have built the first biologically realistic mathematical model of how the brain plans and learns when faced with a complex decision-making process.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience #math

Mathematically Modelling How The Brain Makes Complex Decisions

Researchers have built the first biologically realistic mathematical model of how the brain plans and learns when faced with a complex decision-making process.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience #math___

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2016-02-04 17:56:22 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Alzheimer's Insights in Single Cells

Building on research reported last year, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have succeeded in identifying the neurons that secrete the substance responsible for the plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

#alzheimers #neurons

Alzheimer's Insights in Single Cells

Building on research reported last year, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have succeeded in identifying the neurons that secrete the substance responsible for the plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

#alzheimers #neurons___

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2016-02-04 16:16:29 (1 comments; 13 reshares; 86 +1s)Open 

Brain Formation Pattern Shows Why Early Trauma May Leave No Clues

Some of the earliest nerve cells to develop in the womb shape brain circuits that process sights and sounds, but then give way to mature networks that convert this sensory information into thoughts.

The research will appear in Neuron.

#neurodevelopment

Brain Formation Pattern Shows Why Early Trauma May Leave No Clues

Some of the earliest nerve cells to develop in the womb shape brain circuits that process sights and sounds, but then give way to mature networks that convert this sensory information into thoughts.

The research will appear in Neuron.

#neurodevelopment___

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2016-02-04 16:12:06 (4 comments; 13 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Americans Ten Times More Likely to be Killed by Firearms Than People From Other High Income Countries

When compared to 22 other high-income nations, Americans are ten times more likely to be killed by a gun than their counterparts in the developed world. Specifically, gun homicide rates are 25 times higher in the U.S. and, while the overall suicide rate is on par with other high-income nations, the U.S. gun suicide rate is eight times higher.

The research is in American Journal of Medicine. (full access paywall)

#psychology #gunviolence

Americans Ten Times More Likely to be Killed by Firearms Than People From Other High Income Countries

When compared to 22 other high-income nations, Americans are ten times more likely to be killed by a gun than their counterparts in the developed world. Specifically, gun homicide rates are 25 times higher in the U.S. and, while the overall suicide rate is on par with other high-income nations, the U.S. gun suicide rate is eight times higher.

The research is in American Journal of Medicine. (full access paywall)

#psychology #gunviolence___

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2016-02-04 16:05:52 (1 comments; 13 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

PTSD Linked to Accelerated Aging

“The idea that traumatic events can have a physical effect on people has been around for a long time,” says Mark Miller, associate professor of psychiatry at MED and senior author on the two studies. “Observations suggest that traumatic stress starts a cascade of biological consequences that can produce visible signs of aging. More recent research shows how this is happening on a cellular level, and for the first time we have the methods to actually see it in a person’s DNA.”

The research is in Psychoneuroendocrinology and Biological Psychiatry.

#ptsd #aging #psychology #genetics

PTSD Linked to Accelerated Aging

“The idea that traumatic events can have a physical effect on people has been around for a long time,” says Mark Miller, associate professor of psychiatry at MED and senior author on the two studies. “Observations suggest that traumatic stress starts a cascade of biological consequences that can produce visible signs of aging. More recent research shows how this is happening on a cellular level, and for the first time we have the methods to actually see it in a person’s DNA.”

The research is in Psychoneuroendocrinology and Biological Psychiatry.

#ptsd #aging #psychology #genetics___

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2016-02-04 16:01:53 (1 comments; 31 reshares; 123 +1s)Open 

Researchers Identify New Syndrome That Causes Obesity and Intellectual Disabilities

Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a new genetic syndrome of obesity, over-eating, mental and behavioural problems in six families, from across the world.

The research is in American Journal of Human Genetics. (full access paywall)

#genetics #health

Researchers Identify New Syndrome That Causes Obesity and Intellectual Disabilities

Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a new genetic syndrome of obesity, over-eating, mental and behavioural problems in six families, from across the world.

The research is in American Journal of Human Genetics. (full access paywall)

#genetics #health___

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2016-02-04 15:49:38 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Fruit Flies Adjust Courtship Song Based on Distance

A new study demonstrates that the male fruit fly also displays this complex behavior during courtship, adjusting the amplitude of his song depending on how far away he is from a female. Studying this process in the fruit fly can help shed light on the building blocks for social interactions across the animal kingdom.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience

Fruit Flies Adjust Courtship Song Based on Distance

A new study demonstrates that the male fruit fly also displays this complex behavior during courtship, adjusting the amplitude of his song depending on how far away he is from a female. Studying this process in the fruit fly can help shed light on the building blocks for social interactions across the animal kingdom.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience___

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2016-02-03 23:03:22 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Closed Loop Stimulation Promises Fewer Side Effects For Parkinson's Patients

How adaptive stimulation could make a significant difference for patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

The research is in PLOS Computational Biology. (full open access)

#parkinsons #neurology

Closed Loop Stimulation Promises Fewer Side Effects For Parkinson's Patients

How adaptive stimulation could make a significant difference for patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

The research is in PLOS Computational Biology. (full open access)

#parkinsons #neurology___

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2016-02-03 22:51:21 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Alzheimer's Plaques Found in Brains of Middle Aged TBI Patients

Scientists have revealed that protein clumps associated with Alzheimer's disease are also found in the brains of people who have had a head injury.

The research is in Neurology. (full access paywall)

#tbi #aging #alzheimers

Alzheimer's Plaques Found in Brains of Middle Aged TBI Patients

Scientists have revealed that protein clumps associated with Alzheimer's disease are also found in the brains of people who have had a head injury.

The research is in Neurology. (full access paywall)

#tbi #aging #alzheimers___

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2016-02-03 22:48:29 (1 comments; 13 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Switching Between Languages Pays Off for Bilingual Toddlers

Concordia researchers prove that more proficient bilingual toddlers enjoy greater cognitive benefits.

The research is in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. (full access paywall)

#language #psychology #toddlers

Switching Between Languages Pays Off for Bilingual Toddlers

Concordia researchers prove that more proficient bilingual toddlers enjoy greater cognitive benefits.

The research is in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. (full access paywall)

#language #psychology #toddlers___

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2016-02-03 22:42:24 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 72 +1s)Open 

Re-evaluating Assumptions About Role of Internal Clock in Human Disease

As humans age, biological rhythms flatten, slow down, and eventually stop. Whether this relationship between aging and the molecular clock that drives such rhythms reflects cause or effect is unknown. To assess the role of the molecular clock in aging, Penn researchers, led by senior author Garret A. FitzGerald MD, chair of the department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, made conditional Bmal1 knockout mice missing the BMAL1 protein only during adult life and compared them with conventional knockouts in which the gene is absent during development.

The research is in Science Translational Medicine. (full access paywall)

#bmal1 #aging #genetics

Re-evaluating Assumptions About Role of Internal Clock in Human Disease

As humans age, biological rhythms flatten, slow down, and eventually stop. Whether this relationship between aging and the molecular clock that drives such rhythms reflects cause or effect is unknown. To assess the role of the molecular clock in aging, Penn researchers, led by senior author Garret A. FitzGerald MD, chair of the department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, made conditional Bmal1 knockout mice missing the BMAL1 protein only during adult life and compared them with conventional knockouts in which the gene is absent during development.

The research is in Science Translational Medicine. (full access paywall)

#bmal1 #aging #genetics___

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2016-02-03 21:11:41 (0 comments; 20 reshares; 88 +1s)Open 

Electromagnetic Field From Cellphone Towers May Amplify Pain in Amputees

“Our study provides evidence, for the first time, that subjects exposed to cellphone towers at low, regular levels can actually perceive pain,” said Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega, senior author of the study and an associate professor of bioengineering in the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Our study also points to a specific nerve pathway that may contribute to our main finding.”

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

#neurology #pain #electromagnetism

Electromagnetic Field From Cellphone Towers May Amplify Pain in Amputees

“Our study provides evidence, for the first time, that subjects exposed to cellphone towers at low, regular levels can actually perceive pain,” said Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega, senior author of the study and an associate professor of bioengineering in the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Our study also points to a specific nerve pathway that may contribute to our main finding.”

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

#neurology #pain #electromagnetism___

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2016-02-03 21:06:54 (8 comments; 11 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

Receptor Location May Be Key to Effectively Controlling Pain

Blocking pain receptors in the nucleus of spinal nerve cells could more effectively control pain than interfering with the same type of receptors located on cell surfaces. The scientists also found that when spinal nerve cells encounter a painful stimulus, some of the receptors will migrate from the cell surface into the nucleus.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

#pain #neurology

Receptor Location May Be Key to Effectively Controlling Pain

Blocking pain receptors in the nucleus of spinal nerve cells could more effectively control pain than interfering with the same type of receptors located on cell surfaces. The scientists also found that when spinal nerve cells encounter a painful stimulus, some of the receptors will migrate from the cell surface into the nucleus.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

#pain #neurology___

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2016-02-03 21:02:40 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Researchers Describe Structure of Brain Plaques in Huntington's Disease

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have shown that the core of the protein clumps found in the brains of people with Huntington's disease have a distinctive structure, a finding that could shed light on the molecular mechanisms underlying the neurodegenerative disorder.

The research is in PNAS. (full access paywall)

#huntingtonsdisease

Researchers Describe Structure of Brain Plaques in Huntington's Disease

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have shown that the core of the protein clumps found in the brains of people with Huntington's disease have a distinctive structure, a finding that could shed light on the molecular mechanisms underlying the neurodegenerative disorder.

The research is in PNAS. (full access paywall)

#huntingtonsdisease___

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2016-02-03 20:57:02 (0 comments; 18 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, But Younger Dogs Learn Faster

Aging affects the cognitive abilities of dogs, as a recent study by the Clever Dog Lab of the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna shows. A team of behavioural scientists studied dogs of different ages working on a specially designed touchscreen computer and discovered that although all dogs were capable of learning, older dogs learnt more slowly than younger ones. No age-related differences were found regarding long-term memory.

The research is in Age. (full open access)

#learning #aging #animals

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, But Younger Dogs Learn Faster

Aging affects the cognitive abilities of dogs, as a recent study by the Clever Dog Lab of the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna shows. A team of behavioural scientists studied dogs of different ages working on a specially designed touchscreen computer and discovered that although all dogs were capable of learning, older dogs learnt more slowly than younger ones. No age-related differences were found regarding long-term memory.

The research is in Age. (full open access)

#learning #aging #animals___

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2016-02-03 18:53:57 (0 comments; 16 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

New Chip Could Enable Mobile Devices to Implement Neural Networks Modeled on Human Brain

Energy-friendly chip can perform powerful artificial-intelligence tasks.

The research will be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, January 31 - February 4, 2016.

#ai

New Chip Could Enable Mobile Devices to Implement Neural Networks Modeled on Human Brain

Energy-friendly chip can perform powerful artificial-intelligence tasks.

The research will be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, January 31 - February 4, 2016.

#ai___

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2016-02-03 18:46:53 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

An Alternative Treatment Target For Schizophrenia

A new study by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers suggests that dysregulation in the way two G protein-coupled receptors talk to each other may be responsible for some symptoms of schizophrenia and could lead to new treatment targets.

The research is in Science Signaling. (full access paywall)

#schizophrenia #psychology

An Alternative Treatment Target For Schizophrenia

A new study by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers suggests that dysregulation in the way two G protein-coupled receptors talk to each other may be responsible for some symptoms of schizophrenia and could lead to new treatment targets.

The research is in Science Signaling. (full access paywall)

#schizophrenia #psychology___

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2016-02-03 18:41:15 (2 comments; 12 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Raising Awareness of Link Between Hypertension and Cognitive Impairment

Mind Your Risks raises awareness of the link between high blood pressure and cognitive impairment.

#neurology #hypertension #alzheimers

Raising Awareness of Link Between Hypertension and Cognitive Impairment

Mind Your Risks raises awareness of the link between high blood pressure and cognitive impairment.

#neurology #hypertension #alzheimers___

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2016-02-03 15:58:36 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 188 +1s)Open 

A Virtual 'Guide Dog' For Navigation

Low-power chip processes 3-D camera data, could enable wearable device to guide the visually impaired.

The research will be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, January 31 - February 4, 2016.

#vision #navigation #technology

A Virtual 'Guide Dog' For Navigation

Low-power chip processes 3-D camera data, could enable wearable device to guide the visually impaired.

The research will be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, January 31 - February 4, 2016.

#vision #navigation #technology___

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2016-02-03 15:50:29 (5 comments; 18 reshares; 72 +1s)Open 

Drug Prevents Age Related Brain Changes in Rats

As brain cells age they lose the fibers that receive neural impulses, a change that may underlie cognitive decline. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine recently found a way to reverse this process in rats.

The research will appear in Journal of Neuroscience.

#aging #neurology

Drug Prevents Age Related Brain Changes in Rats

As brain cells age they lose the fibers that receive neural impulses, a change that may underlie cognitive decline. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine recently found a way to reverse this process in rats.

The research will appear in Journal of Neuroscience.

#aging #neurology___

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